Fighting for a safer, fairer road transport industry!

Being a truckie is Australia’s most dangerous job. For over 20 years TWU members have been fighting for safe, fair rates for truck drivers and safer roads for all Australians.

Safe Rates guarantees that every truckie on our roads is behind the wheel of a well-maintained vehicle, won’t have to risk falling asleep on the job just to make a living and isn’t trying to meet an impossible deadline.

What do we want?

For every truck driver – from employee to subbie - to have rates and conditions of work that ensure they’re paid for every hour, every kilometre and every cost.

What are we doing?

Our Campaign for Safe Rates has continued over more than 20 years.

By combining workplace organising with community, political and industrial action, we’ve has some big wins including:
  • Establishing the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal – a dedicated forum for the road transport industry
  • Strong National TWU agreements with major transport companies like Toll and Linfox

Find out more about the latest in our Safe Rates campaign.

How can you get involved?

There are a few ways you can get involved in our fight for a safer and fairer road transport industry:

And don’t forget to sign-up for campaign updates!

  • Government Putting 'Lives On The Line'

    January 18

    The Irrigator, by Talia Pattison, 18 January 2017
    The federal government must urgently step in to prevent truck drivers across the country being killed or injured on the job.

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  • Truck Driver Takes Aim At Coalition Ministers Over 'Reunion' Expenses

    January 13

    TWU VIC/TAS Branch News, 13 January 2016
    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was desperate for a better 2017 after a disastrous 2016, an incredible situation given he was re-elected Prime Minister in July.

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  • 2016 Another Deadly Year For Transport Workers, Says TWU

    January 12

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 12 January 2017
    The Transport Workers’ Union has urged the Government to stop ignoring the high death toll among transport workers, as Safe Work Australia statistics for 2016 show that more than one in three workers killed last year were transport workers.

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  • Road Safety Tribunal Demise Seems Costly

    December 13

    AFR Letters to the Editor, by TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon, 11 December 2016
    This week we passed the 100th death in truck crashes since the federal government tore down the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal in April, which was providing a solution to the carnage. Our thoughts are with the families, friends and communities that have been left devastated. Malcolm Turnbull was well aware what the effect of abolishing the tribunal would be: his own report released this year on the tribunal shows the orders it made would cut truck crashes by 28 per cent. Quite simply, this tribunal was saving lives. It was investigating the pressures on truck drivers to speed, drive long hours, skip mandatory rest breaks and overload their vehicles.

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  • Transport Workers Union Calls For Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal Restoration

    December 13

    The Canberra Times, by Emily Baker, 9 December 2016
    The truckies' union has called for the reinstatement of the road safety watchdog following the death of more than 100 people in truck crashes since it was scrapped by the government in April.

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